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FERC chairman: Increased use of natural gas exposes US to cyber attacks

from MarketWatch

A recent Senate hearing focused on the threats to energy infrastructure from hackers, including to natural gas pipelines. The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources' hearing follows the U.S. intelligence community's publication of worldwide threats, which include the ability of China, Russia, Iran and North Korea to disrupt critical infrastructure. Neil Chatterjee, chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, discussed the need for bolstering the U.S.'s ability to defend against cyber attacks that could paralyze access to power. "I am concerned that, because of our nation's growing use of natural gas for power generation, a successful cyber-attack on the natural gas pipeline system could have a significant impact on the electric grid," he said. more


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